ARTIST ROOMS

Joseph Beuys Battery 1959

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Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Battery
Date 1959
Medium Graphite on board on oil paint on paper
Dimensions Support: 240 x 252 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00110
Not on display

Online caption

This collage refers to the artist's interest in sources of energy and power. A battery can be either a portable source of energy, or an instrument that converts chemical to electrical energy. Used as a motif, the battery would have appealed to the artist for its capacity to store or transform energy and in its ability to convert one type of energy to another. Beuys later used the concept of the battery in his series of sculptural works called 'Fonds'.

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